Now that we’re at the half way point in the course, it’s time for you guys to start thinking seriously about your assessment. As a wee reminder, your assessment is in two parts:
1) You’re to select 5-7 of your best blog posts for me to formally mark. Now, given that blogging is an informal medium, these posts don’t need to have lots of academic citations and such but they do need to be critical and analytical. Nor do your selected posts have to have a narrative structure since your individual posts are, for the most part, self-contained. Most of you guys already have a plethora of top quality posts from which to choose. However, some of you (I won’t name names–you know who you are!) need to probably start stepping up your game. At the very least, you need to blog once a week for the remainder of the course to reach the minimum number of posts for submission. Please be kind to your future self–start posting regularly.
2) You’re also going to write a 2,000 word essay on a question that you decide but must be directly linked to the ideas/concepts/controversies/dilemmas we’ve covered on the course. Before you start scribbling, you’ll need to run your proposed question past me first just to double check it’s relevant, on point, and open enough for you to really dig deep with your writing. You’ll note on the TPSJ page we have a discussion forum devoted solely to the assessment. You can post your draft questions there for feedback from me. In the spirit of our learning community, you guys should also feel free to be constructively critical with each other about your proposed questions as, inevitably, you’ll learn more from each other than from me about this process.
As always, you can ask me questions about this in the comments on this post, via email or we can get started in earnest on the assessment discussion forum.
One last thing: this track, ‘The Life Aquatic’ by Thundercat, is bananas. And by bananas, I mean amazing. Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_b3o3omKSc